The Fall 2007 joint meeting of the ALA Executive Board, ALA Division executive committees and senior staff focused on the application to ALA of a study done by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE): 7 Measures of Success – What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don’t.
Following the meeting, a working group was formed, representing each of the eleven ALA Divisions and the ALA Executive Board. Based on the results of the joint meeting and on pre-meeting survey data, the Working Group chose to focus on three of the seven measures:
- Measure 3: Data-Driven Strategies
- Measure 4: Dialogue and Engagement
- Measure 6: Organizational Adaptability
Of these, Measure 3: Data-Driven Strategies was selected as the critical starting point for increasing organizational excellence.